The Terrific Tablelands, and why you should visit.

A few weeks ago I shared my video of Uncle Brian’s aka my favourite ever tour. While it’s fun using the Go Pro for in water activities and sing-a-longs, one of the reasons I took so much footage was because my trusty Sony camera had a bit of a tantrum, or rather the memory card did leaving me with space for only 40 pictures. This meant that rather than take thousands of photos I had to conserve the space available, especially with Platypus viewing being the last item of the day!

In a way though it was a blessing. Rather than juggle three devices like I usually do, I put my phone and camera away for all but a few occasions.

It’s left me with only a few ‘camera’ pictures of things that the trusty Go Pro couldn’t quite manage, pictures that I’m rather fond of but could’t put in to any posts.

I also realised that despite it being one of my favourite things to visit in TNQ (after the reef, of course!) I’ve barely blogged about any of my visits and why I love this place so much.


The Tablelands are just ridiculously photogenic, with everything from waterfalls to rainforest to rolling hills covered in farmland.


During the height of summer they offer a retreat from the heat for many locals and tourists alike. Sitting at an elevation of around 1000m it’s usually much, much cooler up there!


Plus there are literally hundreds of waterfalls and swimming spots that, unlike the ocean, aren’t filled with deadly jellyfish or hungry crocodiles.


It only takes an hour or so to drive up from Cairns so it’s even possible to pop up for the afternoon. Oh, and the views you get on the drive up aren’t half bad.


^^^Don’t ask me why, but this is one of my favourite ever pictures!


You might even make a new friend, with special platypus viewing areas around Lake Tinaroo!


The Tablelands are just one of the many things that makes Cairns such a varied place to live. It might be tropical down by the ocean but a short drive can bring you somewhere that looks like New Zealand or the UK, with fields full of dairy cows and a nice cool edge to the breeze.

In winter it frosts up here so if, like me, you get a nostalgic hankering for wrapping up warm and sitting by a fire you can!


There are tons of tours available, or it’s pretty easy to self drive (although no one ever wants to be the designated driver…!).

Have you ever visited the Tablelands? If so, what did you think of your trip?

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  • Reply Jenna Bridges

    Amazing nature! You inspired me to visit this island. I love water and diving. It is my hobby. Thank you for sharing such an interesting photos. Best regards!

    November 14, 2015 at 12:13 am
    • Reply Cheskie

      Thank you for the lovely comment, I hope one get you get to visit!

      November 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

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